A family that dances together, stays together

By: Alana Greenfogel Email
By: Alana Greenfogel Email

Many people follow in their parents’ footsteps, but one local family took that quite literally.

Flint’s Dance Studio in Mishawaka is celebrating a big anniversary and after fifty years of fancy footwork, it’s still all in the family.

It's a family atmosphere, because so many already are family.
Maybe that's because so many here already are.

"I am the third generation," said Halie Gordon.

Years ago, when Jerry Flint was a little less gray but just as graceful, he and his wife left a life in showbiz to open their own very own studio where they could teach others the joys of dance.

"When things get tough I can come to the studio and I’m in that world of dance," explained Flint.

Well, that was 50 years ago, and Flint's feet are still making noise.

"We used to beg our parents to close the curtains and do the twist for us,” said Jerry’s daughter.

From 1960 until 2004, the studio was run by Jerry and his wife. After Flint's wife suddenly died, he lost his partner. “I had to decide if we were going to go on or go down," said Flint.

Flint decided to keep the studio going, and at the ripe age of 75, Flint's still teaching alongside his daughter, Sheri.

"It's so much a part of who I am," she said.

His granddaughter is also part of the studio. "I've learned so much from them," explained Gordon. "Without it I could not live my life.”

“As a mother to see your daughter excel at something that is so much a part of me,” said Jerry’s daughter, Sheri. "And all the gifts that I've gotten from my father and mother, it's pride."

"I've got six grandkids and they're all dancing, down to a 6-year-old. So, we don't know where this is all going to go, but we know it's moving forward,” said Jerry.

Jerry says dance has evolved over his time in the business. He enjoy teaching traditional styles as well as more modern dances, like hip hop.

Flint’s Dance Studio can be found at 2508 Milburn Avenue in Mishawaka.

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